Counts by type:
Golden Dollars : 0006
Quarters : 2063
Dimes : 2239
Nickels : 1304
Pennies : 6324

I had guessed it would be $525. I was wrong like everyone else. The closest in the guessing was triggur who guessed $657.

Even bring only mostly-full, it turned out to be $874.10. That even includes the slightly bent penny the machine couldn’t count. I would estimate that an absolutely full bottle would have about $1000 in it.

The Commerce Bank machine lets you guess how much you put in the machine. If you get within $1.99, you win a prize. I didn’t win it, but I did win a prize for filling up one of their count bags. (One of three change bags I filled. The prize is a frisbee with the bank logo on it. Yay for corporate swag!) Commerce Bank gets big props for having these machines for free public use. I have no account with them and was charged no fee. They even give you a receipt detailing the counts of each type of coin.

Coinstar, which charges you 8.9% of the total, can go take a dive. They would have charged me $77.80 for counting my change.

Yes, the bottle is heavy. About 100-150lbs I would guess. I carried it out to the car. But borrowed works dolly to get it in and out of the bank.

18 Responses to “Coins!”

  1. Damn! That’s a lot of change! I woulda never guessed that much, but I don’t have an eye for that sort of thing. 🙂

    Gonna have a tiggy night on the town with all that scratch?

  2. animakitty says:


    I’m not that ambitious. I’m just trying to fill up a 100 CD spindle cylinder. Slice a slot in the top, and they make great banks. :K)
    (Nice to hear about that machine too, kudos to the bank. All the ones around here just rob ya.)

  3. pholph says:

    Dag man. Not bad. Did it take a long time?

  4. doco says:

    In this country, we actually *spend* our coins. 🙂

  5. tracerj says:

    Oh, didn’t realise there were quarters in there also. Our change jar was quarter-free for a long time ’cause we needed them for laundry. If it weren’t for the quarters, I’d have been a lot closer. Still, that’s awesome.

  6. triggur says:

    Yay I win, I win!

    Wait, what do I win?

    I know! The proceeds!

  7. vulpnikov says:

    I lifted that thing with no effort 😉

  8. Wait….you needed a dolly to wheel it OUT of the bank, too? Wasn’t it empty by that time?

  9. sabrewing says:

    That’s more change than my tax return amounted to! o.o

  10. duncanroo says:

    Can I borrow a quarter?

    — Duncan

  11. Phil says:

    Actually it goes towards paying of a loan. 🙂 Trying to shut down some debts.

  12. Phil says:

    Re: Hmmm.

    That’s a nifty desk bank. I just ended up using one of the 3.5 gallon kerbouy (sp! – brewing jug) I had since it was heavy glass and could hold it.

  13. Phil says:

    This was about 3 years of change, if I remember right. Early on I used to raid it for quarters for wash. But since that point, it has been rather steady.

  14. Phil says:

    *chuckle* They spend here too, just fine. I just toss the coins in the jar at the end of the day.

  15. Phil says:

    Will you take that in change?

  16. Phil says:

    Well. I had the dolly. Why make an effort of it 🙂

  17. Phil says:

    Sorry. I’m all out.

  18. Phil says:

    I hope I’m that lucky with my taxes.

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